What you need to know before you start CrossFit

What you need to know before you start CrossFit

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So, you want to try CrossFit?

First things first, what is it?

Seems like a simple question, but CrossFit is quite difficult to categorise. 

However, that’s kind of the point. Rather than focusing on one thing, CrossFit is designed to help you develop as an allrounder. If you’re looking to specialise in one discipline, therefore, CrossFit might not be for you. 

Want to be stronger, faster and fitter? CrossFit might be your answer. 

Still fancy giving it a shot? Here are some things you need to know before hitting the box.

You don’t have to spend hours and hours in the gym

You might think that the longer you spend in the gym, the more effective the workout is going to be. However, that is not the case. 

A CrossFit workout will usually only last for an hour – that’s including your warm up and cool down! It might not seem like much, but an hour is plenty of time to see results and get an epic CrossFit workout.

You’ll get mentally as well as physically stronger

Anyone who has tried CrossFit before will tell you that it is not only a physical challenge, but it is also a mental one. 

Once you learn to overcome negative thoughts in the box, you can then take these lessons and apply them to life outside of the gym. 

The set up might not be what you expect

If you’ve never set foot in a CrossFit gym before, you might be in for a bit of a surprise.

Unlike a ‘normal’ gym (one that is mainly cardio and resistance machines), a CrossFit gym is likely not to have treadmills and cross trainers. You’ll still see your regular kettlebells, barbells and benches but they’ll probably not be positioned in front of a mirror.

Don’t let the different set up put you off – go in and have an explore and if you need help, just ask!

Patience is key

You’re probably not going to master it in your first session. CrossFit is meant to be challenging. 

The constant variation means that you might feel like you’re putting in loads of effort and not really getting anywhere but be patient – you’ll pick it all up sooner than you think. 

CrossFit isn’t for everywhere and if you’re not enjoying it then keep exploring but give it some time! The CrossFit community is a great one to be a part of and here at Gymshark, nothing can beat that family feel. It’s a challenge but one worth trying – your body will get into it (and thank you for it). 

Have you ever tried CrossFit? Do you prefer CrossFit boxes or regular gyms? 

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